LEARNING TO LOVE LIKE JESUS
Love, Compassion, Forgiveness
It is a common desire to share hope and beauty. Cultivating the practice of faith, kindness, forgiveness, and compassion by focusing on the Lord and putting others first is the path of many everyday missionaries. May you be encouraged along your path as you learn to love others in the ways that Jesus does.
... encourage one another and build one another up - 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Along with prayer & scripture, another way to encourage ourselves and others is with beautiful art!
The following pictures were painted by a young American artist, some say a child prodigy - Akiane Kramarik. If you love inspirational art, The Jesus paintings featured within this article are available to purchase from Art & SoulWorks. Click on your favorite image below for acquisition details. Purchase your favorite Jesus paintings by Akiane Kramarik from www.Art-SoulWorks.com - Trusted Source of Jesus Prince of Peace Gifts & Art - 20% donated to others in need.
An amazing example of Agape Love is when Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, he lifted his hands in prayer asking his Heavenly Father to forgive those who betrayed Him prior to being crucified... “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” Luke 23:34
Blessed Mother Mary and her newborn child, baby Jesus.
Jesus said .... how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, Luke 13:34
Father God's Love
"Prince of Peace", also known as the resurrection painting of Jesus, painted 8-year old Akiane Kramarik is an great example of the saying, a picture is worth 1,000 words. or as stated in Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Jesus, Prince of Peace, painted by Akiane Kramarik, age-8
What is Compassion?
If you enjoy exploring the depths of words meaning: Compassion is defined as an enigmatic and powerful emotion. UCADIA describes compassion as “…the physical synchronization of two people (or more) in the presence of one another in the present moment.” Hailing from the Latin stem compati, Compassion means to “suffer with” or to have “co-suffering.” To translate even further, Compassion means to have sympathy and empathy, even pity, for others.
Paul put it simply in Galatians 6:2 when he said:
Jesus empathized with people. He was the living embodiment of his Father’s unconditional love. Race and economic status meant nothing to Him; Jesus always has and always will have time for everyone.
How to Love Like Jesus?
Jesus set the perfect standard, often fall short - yet for the sake of having compassion, even for ourselves, we must remember He understands our imperfections, we make mistakes, and He realizes our human frailties. However, because of his grace and example, we strive and do our best to be as compassionate, forgiving, and kind as He is. Jesus showed compassion not merely through words or His tears, but also by demonstrating His love through his actions.
Compassion is the emotion that compels us to help others in need. Whether it is to give a few dollars to the homeless, run food drives and charities, let the exhausted woman skip ahead of you in line, are helpful to someone who has wronged you, or to hold a friend as their world crumbled around them. When you practice compassion, kindness, and forgiveness, you love as Jesus loves. Compassion brings people together through love and forgiveness. It is the golden rule in action as we intentionally remember to “Do to others as you would have them do to you (Luke 6:31) by overcoming selfishness and ego and listening, loving and lending a hand.
Love your neighbor as you would yourself.
“Faith in action is love, and love in action is service. By transforming that faith into living acts of love, we put ourselves in contact with God Himself, with Jesus our Lord.”
By demonstrating loving-kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, and compassion, we allow the love of Jesus to flow through us. We are called to love one another as we love ourselves. When we love ourselves with the same compassion as the Lord loves us, we begin to understand what Jesus said when he taught us to pray. Thy kingdom, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.